Ottawa: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday dissolved the parliament and called a federal election for October 21, reports said.Also Read - Indian Family Of four Frozen To Death Along US-Canada Border; Florida Man Charged For Human Smuggling

The 47-year-old Trudeau, who is seeking a second term, visited Governor General Julie Payette, Canada’s acting head of state, on Wednesday morning to formally launch the campaign. Also Read - Hong Kong Airport Bans Transit Travellers From 153 Countries, Including India Amid Rising COVID Cases

“Canadians get to vote once again for the country they want to live in,” he told reporters outside her official residence, the BBC reported. Also Read - Looking For A Job In Canada? Your Chances Just Got Better As Full-Time Positions Surge

However, opinion polls indicate it will be a tough race with Trudeau’s Liberal Party tied neck and neck with the opposition Conservatives, with over 30 per cent support each.

The cost of living, the economy and climate change are likely to be prominent issues for voters, while a string of controversies have dogged the tenure of Trudeau, who swept to power in November 2015, including the SNC-Lavalin issue and his India visit.

The NDP, led by Jagmeet Singh, is in the third place, on roughly 13-14 per cent support.